The Posties welcome Green Hammerton to Glen Road with another much changed team, Matthew Williams returning, Dan Fletcher making his first 1st team appearance of the season, Mark Noblet back from holiday, Tom Edwards making his club debut and Posties legend Dave Gilbank making his first appearance for a couple of years.
The afternoon started well, with Stelfox winning a rare toss and choosing to bat – Williams and Stelfox looked reasonably comfortable against the visitors attack before Stelfox played inside one from Wise and was clean bowled, Fletcher replaced him but was quickly back in the hutch, Ifty Hussein batted well with Matt Williams who was gathering momentum as he closed in on 1000 runs for the season and they put on 76 for the 3rd wicket before Ifty departed – Ifty depositing one huge six into the middle of the car park.
Matt clubbed some huge blows as he passed the milestone before falling to Russ Piper LBW attempting one more – as is often the case with the posties the middle order and tail worked well, contributing majorly towards a competitive total – Saunders with 35, Noblet 18 and new boy Ben Glynn looking a handy signing with a fine 30 not out as the posties finished on 229 all out.
Nick Saunders and Jim Branton opened up the response for the posties and immediately hit a good line and length – Jim, as he has for the last few weeks hitting a fantastic rhythm from the off and giving the batsmen nothing, but not getting the wickets his bowling deserved, Nick snared the prolific Gibson LBW – with Jim’s spell in his final frugal over a strike rate of 342 was in the offing, but a superb delivery clean bowled Russ Piper, giving Jim a wicket he richly deserved.
Dave Gilbank replaced Saunders and Ifty Hussein replaced Branton, despite a two year absence from cricket Gilbank was immediately into his stride and was regularly sent balls fizzing past the outside edge and through to the impressive Dan Fletcher behind the stumps, occasionally affording the batsmen a Gilbank glare.
Ifty was also posing huge problems for the batsmen taking wickets in his 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th overs including one spectacular, nonchalant assist from Branton running towards the boundary and clutching a catch from the sky – Gilbank went for just 6 runs in his 6 overs, before being replaced by Ben Glynn who quickly joined the party claiming 2 quick wickets as Ifty finished with 5 for 27.
Posties win – 2 more wins means and unbeaten league season